Awash…

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Still raining…six or seven inches so far this week. We went from drought to deluge in a hurry. Everything’s greening up nicely though.

Locomotive…

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This old beauty was built in 1903 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. Designated a class 900 engine, it was built for the  Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company. There are only 4 or so surviving locomotives of this series, and this one is beautifully restored. Ol’ number 940 used oil as fuel, but it reminds me of the coal burner engine in the Christmas movie “The Polar Express”.

Dewy Web…

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I enjoy taking a walk in the woods on a foggy morning…you’re a lot less likely to walk face-first into a hidden spider web.

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)…

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A very sociable bird. It’s interesting to see them perform their ‘broken wing’ act to lure predators away from their nest. While considered a shore bird, they are often found far away from water in fields and meadows.

Turkeys in the Mist…

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A foggy morning by the lake.

Pistol Pete is smiling today…

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Cowboys taking the Missouri Tigers to school.

Wasp on Wasp Mayhem…

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Another Hummer…

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Fat little thing.

Red Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata)…

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Mr. Don Hutton pointed me to this bloom behind the golf course clubhouse. The bulb must have been planted many years ago by someone who once owned a house there. This lily variety originated in China and is only propagated here by bulbs. The flowers pop up suddenly in late September or early October. The bulbs are deadly poisonous if ingested, and these flowers are widely associated with death in Japan and China (often used in funerals).

Maypop flower (Passiflora incarnata)…

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Also known as Purple passionflower, True passionflower, Wild apricot, and Wild passion vine.  The Cherokee in Tennessee called it Ocoee, It’s the Tennessee state flower. This one’s kind of scraggly.

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